|Giants release RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DT Chris Canty||02.07.13 at 8:31 am ET|
One day after releasing linebacker Michael Boley, the Giants continued their salary-cap purge on Wednesday by parting ways with leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
All three players were keys to the Giants’ Super Bowl championship a year ago, but all three have battled injuries while playing under big contracts.
Bradshaw, just 26, led the team in rushing the past three seasons, amassing 1,015 this past season. But he has been slowed by knee and ankle issues and was scheduled to make $4.25 million in 2013. He leaves New York as the franchise’s sixth-leading rusher with 4,232 yards.
Canty, who joined the Giants in 2009 after playing four seasons for the Cowboys, was slated to make $6.5 million next season. He missed seven games in 2012 with a knee issue. Boley, who played all 16 games in 2012 but was slowed by shoulder and hamstring problems, was pegged to make $4 million.
|Giants RB Andre Brown breaks fibula, out for season||11.26.12 at 10:56 am ET|
The Giants’ impressive 38-10 win over the Packers Sunday night was made less sweet when coach Tom Coughlin announced running back Andre Brown had broken his fibula.
“Takes an awful lot off of the win, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said.
The injury reportedly will be season-ending for Brown.
Brown is not ruling himself out. He tweeted early Monday that his season wasn’t necessarily over.
Brown has rushed 73 times for 385 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
The Giants now will rely on Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson to step up and fill Brown’s role.
“I feel bad for Andre, he’s my little brother,” Bradshaw said. “It’s heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie I told David, [Derrick] Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense. That’s what I expect from David and I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come.”
Wilson said he is ready to help the Giants, who sit atop the NFC East.
“Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball, I’m definitely going to have to step up when my number is called and be prepared,” Wilson said.
|Report: Giants’ Osi Umenyiora to return to practice Monday without new contract||08.15.11 at 9:08 am ET|
Osi Umenyiora ended his new-contract holdout that started July 30 and returned to practice Monday, the AP reported.
“No deal has been reworked,” Umenyiora told the AP in an e-mail Sunday. “What has been offered has been unacceptable and shows they don’t really respect the fact I sacrifice my health for the franchise. I will play under my current deal because I love and respect my coaches, my teammates, the fans, and myself. Not for those incentives.”
Umenyiora said the Giants put $7.1 million worth of incentives over the next two seasons into is existing contract, but he rejected them.
Umenyiora hasn’t practiced since arriving at the Giants’ training camp a day late. The delay happened because Giants GM Jerry Reese told Umenyiora they were reworking his contract, but Reese did not tell the AP what was discussed.
Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks in 2010, tied with Justin Tuck for most on the Giants. He was third on the team among defensive linemen behind Tuck and Barry Cofield with 48 tackles (33 solo).
He led the NFL with 10 forced fumbles.
|Giants’ Lawrence Tynes injures thigh, calls for more protection for kickers||08.14.11 at 12:25 pm ET|
Giants place-kicker Lawrence Tynes called out NFL referees after no flag was thrown when Panthers linebacker Sean Ware fell into Tynes’ leg on a blocked field goal attempt during Saturday’s game, Bart Hubbach and Paul Schwartz of the New York Post wrote Sunday. Tynes suffered a bruised thigh and is now on crutches.
“What happened to the defenseless player [emphasis]?” Tynes said. “I don’t care if you tip the ball, you still shouldn’t be able to hit a kicker when he still has his plant foot on the ground.”
Hubbach and Schwarz also wrote than an MRI is scheduled for Sunday.
“I don’t understand where the hell the rule is, because I was the epitome of a defenseless player,” Tynes said. “I guess we’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure I’m talking out of school, but whatever.”
|Unhappy Giants DL Osi Umenyiora sitting with knee injury, teammate calls it ‘a strategy’||08.05.11 at 11:43 am ET|
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora sat out Thursday’s evening practice with a “sore knee,” FOX Sports reported Friday. Umenyiora is in a contract dispute with the Giants and has asked to be traded. Teammate Justin Tuck called Umenyiora’s sitting “a strategy.”
The Giants have confirmed Umenyiora’s knee injury, but they do not agree with Umenyiora that the injury may require surgery.
Umenyiora has had surgery twice in the last three years. He lost the entire 2008 season after surgery repaired torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He had surgery this offseason to repair a 2006 torn hip labrum.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks, 33 solo and 48 total tackles in 2010.
|Giants reportedly grant Osi Umenyiora to seek trade||08.01.11 at 1:23 pm ET|
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported Monday that the Giants have given the agent for defensive end Osi Umenyiora permission to seek a trade. Umenyiora had been frustrated with his contract for several years, and the Giants granted Umenyiora’s request after a conversation over the weekend.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Umenyiora recorded 11 sacks and forced 10.5 fumbles in 2010.
He has two years and $8 million left on his contract.
|Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal asks NFL to televise game||12.13.10 at 4:17 pm ET|
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is pleading with the NFL to rethink its ban on televising the Giants-Vikings game in Connecticut. In a letter Blumenthal wrote to the NFL, he argued that Connecticut residents should have access to the game.
“Fans in the Giants’ home viewing area should not be penalized for such an unusual event as the collapse of a stadium roof. It is unreasonable and unfair to suddenly and arbitrarily boot Giants fans in Connecticut out of what is and should be part of the team’s home market for this game,” Blumenthal said.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. before travel issues and issues with Metrodome roof moved the game to Detroit and a 7:20 start Monday night. Currently, the game will only be shown in New York and Minnesota markets, and on DirectTV.
The NFL will re-air the game on the NFL Network at midnight, after the completion after the original Monday Night Football game between the Ravens and Texans.
|Giants WR Steve Smith not at practice, Sunday status in doubt||11.12.10 at 1:15 pm ET|
New York Post beat writer Paul Schwartz tweeted that wide receiver Steve Smith was not at Friday’s practice, and that “He’s not playing Sunday vs. the Cowboys.” Smith has missed time with a pectoral strain. This echoes Star-Ledger beat writer Mike Garafolo‘s earlier tweet that Smith will likely miss a game or two. Garafolo added that the strain “isn’t great but not terrible.”
Smith led the Giants in receiving last season but has since taken a back seat to Hakeem Nicks. Fantasy-wise, Mario Manningham will fill in for Smith and becomes a quality WR2 against a Cowboys defense that has surrendered 18 passing touchdowns this season and appears to have given up.
|Fantasy Update: Seahawks vs. Giants||11.07.10 at 5:12 pm ET|
Seattle will have a tough time against a tough Giants defense this week, especially with the loss of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck suffered a concussion in last week’s 33-3 loss to Oakland where he was sacked eight times. Charlie Whitehurst will make his first NFL start in his place, with questionable value for Seattle’s receivers this week including resurgent wide out Mike Williams. The Giants rank 2nd in passing defense, allowing only 177.9 yards per game, while they also host a ferocious pass rush that has knocked five opposing quarterbacks out of games this season, including 24 sacks.
Seattle offensive guard Ben Hamilton was also placed on injured reserve after suffering a serious concussion against Oakland. Hamilton has had a history of concussion issues, causing doctors to advise the season-ending decision.
|Eli Manning’s return still unclear||08.18.10 at 8:20 am ET|
Despite various concussion tests showing no results of a concussion, the Giants are unsure of when they can expect Eli Manning to return to the football field after opening a large gash on his forehead during a preseason game against the Jets on Monday night.
In an interview with ESPN 1050 on Tuesday, Manning said, “All day, I’ve been getting tests done and just making sure there is no further damage to my brain or to my skull, and everything looks fine. That’s good news.”
Coach Tom Coughlin is just as concerned with the three-inch tear on Manning’s forehead that required 12 stitches. “Just the nature of where the helmet sits, according to where the stitches are, could create problems in terms of healing,” Coughlin said. The coach still expects Manning to join the team for the Giants’ final three days of training camp in Albany even if the quarterback won’t participate.
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